Meet our featured animal, the bald eagle!
Here are five fun facts about bald eagles:
- The bald eagle is one of the largest raptors in the world.
- Bald eagles can reach speeds of up to 160 km/hr (100 mph) when diving.
- Using thermal convention currents, bald eagles can climb to up to 3000 m (10,000 ft.) in the air. They can soar for hours using these currents.
- Once coupled, bald eagles will mate for life.
- Bald eagles build enormous nests, called eyries, out of sticks. These substantial nests have been known to weigh up to 900 kg (1 ton).
You can watch in real time the lives of two bald eagle chicks and their parents on National Geographic’s live eagle webcam! The eagle nest (called an eyrie) is located in Washington D.C. The young eaglets, who were born in March, are covered in brown feathers. They won’t develop their characteristic white heads until they are about 4-5 years old.
Like bald eagles? You can see more live eagle cams here:
To learn more about bald eagles, see our Bald Eagle Facts page.